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8 million dollars to study wave turbulence

On June 4, 2019, the Simons Foundation of New York announced it was contributing 8 million dollars to a project on wave turbulence. Researchers in mathematics and physics will be involved in this interdisciplinary and international research aimed at understanding and explaining the turbulence of waves. Université Côte d'Azur will be participating in the project with Giorgio Krstulovic, CNRS researcher at the J.L. Lagrange laboratory and Sergey Nazarenko, CNRS senior research at the INPHYNI laboratory.


Publication : 04/07/2019
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One of the objectives of this research is to describe and especially to predict the amplitude and energy of waves, such as those in the ocean. Other fields of application include magnetized plasmas (solar winds, fusion plasmas of the ITER type), nonlinear optics, geo or astrophysical flows in rotating planets or stars, gravitational waves, etc. The main goal is to give a solid foundation to what is called the theory of weak turbulence in these various contexts. This will require coordinated efforts in fluid mechanics, statistical physics, partial differential equation theory or probability theory, whether experimental or theoretical.

The consortium is directed by Jalal Shatah of the Courant Institute of New York University assisted by Laure Saint-Raymond of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Nicolas Mordant of the Université Grenoble Alpes. Université Côte d'Azur is collaborating with Giorgio Krstulovic, CNRS researcher at the J.L. Lagrange laboratory and Sergey Nazarenko, CNRS senior researcher at the INPHYNI laboratory.
The project is also mobilizing researchers from the CNRS (INSIS and INP), the École Normale Supérieure de Paris, the Université Paris-Diderot and INRIA on the French side, and from Princeton University, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts in Amherst and the University of Turin.